Avelo Airlines Launches Vegas To North Colorado Flights

Avelo Airlines has announced another destination out of its growing operation at Las Vegas McCarran (LAS). From December,…

Avelo Airlines Launches Vegas To North Colorado Flights

Avelo Airlines has announced another destination out of its growing operation at Las Vegas McCarran (LAS). From December, the airline will add Northern Colorado Regional Airport (FNL) to its schedule, with the destination joining Sonoma County, CA and Eureka, CA, as the third served by Avelo from LAS.

Avelo is adding more destinations to its Las Vegas operation. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Avelo Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy commented on the announcement saying,

“Traveling between Las Vegas and Northern Colorado is now easier and more affordable than ever. We’re excited to add this popular route to Avelo’s Western U.S. network. Whether you’re arriving or departing, FNL is the ultra-convenient gateway to and from North Denver and Fort Collins.”

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A very secondary airport?

The choice of Northern Colorado Regional Airport might seem like an odd one, given its relative absence from most airline schedules. But Avelo could be onto something great here, considering FNL is just minutes from Fort Collins and around a 50-minute drive from downtown Denver. Taking into account the congestion and lengthy queues usually experienced at Denver International, this could position FNL as a powerful alternative gateway to Northern Colorado.

As well as those seeking to explore the great outdoors and mountains of Colorado, there is likely to be plenty of demand in the other direction too. Las Vegas is a destination that requires little introduction, and with an easier and cheaper way to get there, this service could get booked out. Avelo, as per its mantra, will be the only airline serving this route.

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Avelo will be the only operator on the route. Photo: Avelo Airlines

Avelo’s flights between Las Vegas and Northern Colorado are set to take off from December 15th, with two flights a week on offer. Departures are on Wednesdays and Saturdays, leading FNL at 12:05 for arrival at LAS at 13:00. The returning flight departs LAS at 13:40, arriving in FNL at 16:30. Tickets are priced from a competitive one-way fare of $39.

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The growth of Avelo

It seems like only yesterday that Avelo Airlines was nothing more than a rumored startup. Former United Airlines CFO Andrew Levy first filed for the trademark in January this year, and since then, it’s been a rollercoaster ride for the fledgling airline. Inaugurating services from the underused Hollywood Burbank Airport in late April, the airline has been steadily growing its network ever since.

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Avelo has rapidly grown its network on both coasts. Data: Cirium

Focusing on the west coast, the airline grew destinations out of BUR, mainly north to Sonoma, Eureka, Medford, and suchlike, but also headed southeast to Tucson, Arizona. But its eyes weren’t only on the east of the US. Just days after inaugurating its operations from Los Angeles, the airline announced a new base on the east coast – in New Haven, Connecticut.

From there, it has launched a slew of flights down to the sun-soaked cities of Florida. From November, it will fly to five airports – Orlando, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, and Tampa – giving chilled northeasterners a quicker and better way to make it to the beaches on vacation.

Las Vegas has been its most recent stomping ground, with today’s announcement bringing the destinations served from the entertainment capital to three. Undoubtedly, Avelo is nowhere near done with its growth yet. All things being equal, we could see more growth out of LAS to secondary airports as we head into 2022.

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United Will Give Every Employee A $1,000 Bonus Payment

United Airlines will give each of its employees a $1,000 bonus recognizing their perseverance and hard work over…

United Will Give Every Employee A $1,000 Bonus Payment

United Airlines will give each of its employees a $1,000 bonus recognizing their perseverance and hard work over the last 18 months. All active employees will be awarded the United 100, the highest honor at United, usually reserved for 100 standout employees each year.

United Airlines will reward its employees with a one-off bonus payment. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

$1,000 bonus for all active employees

To honor its employees’ hard work and dedication over the past 18 months, United Airlines will grant every single active employee a $1,000 bonus. United CEO Scott Kirby made the announcement during a webcast from Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport yesterday.

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Every single employee will receive the $1,000 in their paycheck next month. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Kirby said that the bonus represents a “thank you” for the perseverance of employees during a difficult period. The $1,000 bonuses will show up in employees’ paychecks next month. With over 80,000 employees on the books, United is likely to be paying out over $80 million in bonuses.

The United 100 award

United Airlines celebrates its most exceptional employees at its United 100 annual awards. The United 100 allows co-workers and managers to nominate employees for ‘exemplary performance or for achievements that support the cornerstones of the company’s business plan.’

The initiative was introduced in 2013 and gives employees special rewards to recognize their high performance. Past rewards include 100,000 MileagePlus miles and round-trip tickets anywhere on the airline’s network.

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United honors its most exemplary 100 employees at its annual United 100 awards. Photo: Getty Images

Jeff Smisek, former CEO of United, said at the 2014 United 100 event,

“It takes many talented people with a wide variety of skills and expertise to make us successful. These outstanding employees represent the best of who we are and what the United culture is all about, and I am proud to be on their team.”

Past winners of the United 100 have had their names inscribed on a plaque inside a special Boeing 737-900ER. While the plaque is updated each year with the most recent award winners, the airline may struggle to fit in 80,000+ names this time around.

United unveils the United Next interior

At the same webcast yesterday, CEO Scott Kirby unveiled United’s new “United Next” interior, which will soon become a mainstay throughout its narrowbody fleet. The airline showcased a brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8, complete with a new “United Together” livery and fitted with the airline’s United Next interior.

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United will revamp its entire narrowbody fleet by 2025. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Kirby said,

“Our United Next vision will revolutionize the experience of flying United as we accelerate our business to meet a resurgence in air travel. By adding and upgrading this many aircraft so quickly with our new signature interiors, we’ll combine friendly, helpful service with the best experience in the sky, all across our premier global network.”

The plan is to fit its entire narrowbody fleet with the updated interior by 2025. The United Next interior includes USB and electrical charging ports, larger overhead bins, the “fastest available” in-flight WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity to the in-flight entertainment system.

What do you think of United paying out $1,000 bonuses to every single employee? Are you excited about the new United Next interior? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

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